6 Things to Do in MAY

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JOIN some 160,000 spec­ta­tors at the Mit­subishi Mo­tors Bad­minton Horse Tri­als, May 2–6, in South Glouces­ter­shire, Eng­land. The world-class four-star event at­tracts top com­peti­tors from around the globe; www.bad­minton-horse.co.uk.

CHEER ON stu­dent ath­letes as they vie for team and in­di­vid­ual ti­tles at the In­ter­col­le­giate Horse Shows As­so­ci­a­tion Na­tional Cham­pi­onships, May 3–6, at the Penn­syl­va­nia Farm Show Com­plex in Harrisburg, PA; www.ih­sainc.com.

EX­PE­RI­ENCE the pageantry of the Run for the Roses,

May 5, as Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY, hosts the 144th re­newal of the Ken­tucky Derby. A field of 20 Thor­ough­breds will thun­der 1¼ miles around the race­track dur­ing this first leg of the Triple Crown; www. ken­tuck­y­derby.com.

AT­TEND the an­nual Vir­ginia Gold Cup steeple­chase clas­sic, May 5, in The Plains, VA. In ad­di­tion to a full slate of ex­cit­ing races, en­joy tail­gat­ing, a hat con­test and more; www. vagold cup. com.

KICK OFF the first week of the HITS-on-the Hud­son Se­ries,

May 23–27, in Sauger­ties, NY. Some $3 mil­lion in prize money will be awarded dur­ing eight weeks of com­pe­ti­tion that will in­clude biweekly grands prix, USEF Premier and Na­tional-rated hunters and five- and six-star jumpers; www.hitsshows.com.

VISIT the old­est and largest out­door multi-breed com­pe­ti­tion in the United States, the Devon Horse Show, May 24–June 3, in Devon, PA. Watch the $25,000 USHJA In­ter­na­tional Hunter Derby and the Sap­phire Grand Prix of Devon, both in the Dixon Oval, May 31; www. de­von­horse­show.net.

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